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Miami Heat Problems Are Clear Cut

The Miami Heat, have two of the leagues hottest stars in Dwayne Wade and LeBron James (season’s MVP) and a solid number 2 guy on any other team, Chris Bosh. And yet for the second straight year, after being up 2-0 in a series, the once ‘OmgJamesWade&BoshAreGonnaBeUnstoppable’ team are on the verge of elimination dropping 4 straight for the second time (the first, being against the Dallas Mavericks in last year’s NBA Finals). WHYY!?!

Many people speculate, but I have the answer!! (or atleast I think I do..)

There’s Always Something Funny..

The Heat’s problems are clear, cut and 3-fold..
Here’s what I’ve come up with:

1. What is SOO funny??

This is such a mind blowing thing to me. When playing basketball, soccer or hockey out on your local court, field or ice rink, caught in a highly competitive game, but for some reason or another, your down, losing or have lost..

… would you be laughing??

I don’t know if there’s a clown in the stands juggling hoola-hoops or if they’ve got Russell Peters on the announcers mic doing jokes, but if it were you or me fighting for our legacies on the NBA Playoff stage, I can’t see a single reason for a grin without a win.

The Spurs, Thunder and Celtics have shown that locked-in mental focus thus far and they are proving why hard work and passion can possibly override talent.

2. Big Time Egos NEED Big Time Coaches

Coach Erik Spoelstra isn’t the worst coach in the world. There are many young teams in the NBA who could use an inexperienced coach to grow together, but he could possibly the worst coach for this organization and this situation.

How could one expect three players with egos as big as their multi-million dollar bank accounts, to listen to, abide by or respect a coach who has thus far individually accomplished nothing significant in the NBA. Sitting along side Pat Riley and the Miami Heat in the 2006 NBA Finals is one thing, doing it yourself is another… especially when you have LeBron James.

LeBron needs what very few coaches provide, guidance and authority over superstar players. Doc Rivers has it, Greg Popovich has it, George Karl and Phil Jackson had it. Not to say that Erik Spoelstra may not earn it eventually, but talk about an uphill battle, this is it.

3. Leave the Showmanship to the Announcers:

LeBron, Wade and Bosh need to stop worrying about their appearance, the way they look or are perceived and just play hard fought basketball. No need for ‘Flash’, ‘The Chosen One’ or ‘Side Show Bosh’, the only thing welcome at this point is toughness and confidence, the rest of the cast will follow suit.

GO MIAMI HEAT!
I have nothing against the Heat, I’m not one of those! I don’t hate LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, in fact, I wish they would succeed together. I just wish this message could be delivered to them with the best of intentions. They may win a championship based on talent, but a DYNASTY is built by so much more.

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Young and Restless

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The 2nd Round of the NBA Playoffs officially came to an end earlier today when the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in a hard-fought 7-game series. How good were my predictions, pretty darn good.. (2nd Round Predictions).

You’ve got to congratulate the Grizzlies on a fantastic year, Conley and Gasol’s development along with Z-Bo’s dominance have the future looking bright as ever and that’s exciting!

The semi-finals also begin today with the Chicago bulls hosting the surging Miami Heat.

Here are my predictions! (Click Image to Full Screen)

Swish's NBA Playoff Predictions of the Semi-Finals

Upsets, Getting Real..

Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City ThunderThunder are just quicker and more athletic and if I’ve learnt anything about the Mavericks over the last 5 years. . . they can’t quite keep up with athletic teams.. I expect Dirk Nowitzki to be out-of-phase while facing a variety of long athletic Ibaka (Shot-blaka) arms and who in the world is going to stop Russell Westbrook from penetrating the Maverick Defense.. However, Mavs do own home-court advantage and have much more experience than OKC.. It’ll be interesting, slow vs fast, poised vs reckless, old vs young..

Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat – This series is going to be WILD! The Heat are scorching hot but Chicago swept the season series 3-0.. But, if LeBron James and Dwyane Wade keep up their recent assault, I just can’t see Derrick Rose and co. stopping them.. I should also note that I am really looking forward to watching poor old Mike Bibby break an ankle. . Series is gonna be defensively oriented, expect low scoring games but hard fought and exciting!

Starts TONIGHT!

Happy Playoff-ing = Company + Drinks + HD TV!



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Will to Win

CASE 1: Rondo Returns!!

Boston Celtic, PG, Rajon Rondo dislocated his left elbow in yesterdays win over the Miami Heat, after falling awkwardly under opposing guard Dwayne Wade.

I know, the image is disgusting!

Initially, you might think…
he’s out for the season??.. out for the series??.. out for the game??

.. What?? he’s coming back?? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!

Rondo wrapped it up and just came right back!

What an ANIMAL!!

CASE 2: Grizzlies Rally!

The Memphis Grizzlies came back from 16 down in the 4th quarter to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder and take a 2-1 lead in the best of 7 series.

Led by the “Best Power Forward in the League” Zach Randolph’s 21-21 night offensively but it was Memphis’ tenacious defense has me pondering over my picks.. and I’m worried. . .

If they play lock down D for 48 min, and Memphis could go all the way to the Finals, especially facing Dallas.. (Disappointed in Lakers)

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